PASADENA, Calif. — The newly formed Tekeyan Cultural Association Metro Los Angeles chapter will hold its inaugural event, an Evening of Comedy and Dinner, slated for Saturday, October 27, at the Rococo Room.
Featuring performers from the greater Los Angeles community, the program aims to bring together all generations through laughter, camaraderie and insight. Headliner Harout Soghomonian will convey his signature wit and everyday observations while openers Maro Ajemian and Narine Avakian will perform selections from their respective one-woman shows.
As an artist whose ties with the Tekeyan Cultural Association go back generations, Soghomonian emphasizes the importance of comedy for everyone, particularly Armenians who “worry too much about their families and their work.” Laughter is an outlet for Soghomonian and he draws inspiration from daily life, always keeping an eye open to his surroundings.
“Every day I watch situations from a different point of view and whenever I see something funny or wrong, I like to address that back to the people so they can correct it through comedy.”
His influences include his uncle, Kevork Soghomonian, a longtime actor in Lebanon who was a member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Vahram Papazian Theater Group. Soghomonian followed his footsteps onto the stage, and remained an active member of the theater scene in Beirut and Los Angeles. Throughout his career, he has always maintained his own brand and style.
“I don’t imitate other people or other comedians,” said Soghomonian, “I always try to create my own style.”